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Cyclical Behavior of Inventories and Growth Projections Recent Evidence From Europe and the United States

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  • Willy W. Hoffmaister
  • Jens R Clausen

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In the United States and a few European countries, inventory behavior is mainly the outcome of demand shocks: a standard buffer-stock model best characterizes these economies. But most European countries are described by a modified buffer-stock model where supply shocks dominate. In contrast to the United States, inventories boost growth with a one-year lag in Europe. Moreover, inventories provide limited information to improve growth forecasts particularly when a modified buffer-stock model characterizes inventory behavior.

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  • Willy W. Hoffmaister & Jens R Clausen, 2010. "Cyclical Behavior of Inventories and Growth Projections Recent Evidence From Europe and the United States," IMF Working Papers 10/212, International Monetary Fund.
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    1. Chikán, Attila & Kovács, Erzsébet & Matyusz, Zsolt & Sass, Magdolna & Vakhal, Péter, 2016. "Long-term trends in inventory investment in traditional market and post-socialist economies," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 181(PA), pages 14-23.

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    Keywords

    Europe; Cross country analysis; Business cycles; Forecasting; Forecasting models; Manufacturing sector; Production growth; United States; Inventories; business cycle; inventory; correlation; statistics;

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